Burton Copeland LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Burton Copeland LLP
M40 5AG

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 2

Burton Copeland LLP handles the full spectrum of criminal law, from serious and organised crime through to regulator work and road traffic matters. The practice is instructed by police federations, claims management companies who act on behalf of insurance companies and members of the National Fostering Association. Practice head Louise Straw is recognised for her work on sexual abuse and historical sexual assault cases. Co-head Gwyn Lewis, chairman of the Manchester Law Society Crown and Magistrates Committee, focuses on road traffic cases. Daniel Weed completes the leadership trio and has developed a practice representing police officers. The experienced Michael Mackey  is now a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):

Louise Straw; Gwyn Lewis; Daniel Weed

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mackey

Key clients

Legal Insurance Management Ltd

Arc Insurance

All Med Professionals (DAS)

Fostering Association

ARAG Insurance

Police Federation

Work highlights

    The firm: Operating from the office in Manchester, an extensive team of committed lawyers offers unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise operating a 24-hour, 365 days a year response. 2020 saw the firm win ‘Small Firm of the Year’ at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards and are past winners of ‘Crime Team of the Year’ and ‘Regulatory Team of the Year’. The firm was also awarded, for the third time, ‘Best Law Firm 2021’ in The Times (in association with Statista).

    Two members of the current team are Past Presidents of Manchester Law Society and both Louise Straw and Gwyn Lewis are council members and chair the Legal Education Committee and the Crown and Magistrates Committee respectively for the Society. The firm is one of the largest legal aid crime providers, holds a very high cost cases accreditation and has a large private client department.

    Types of work undertaken
    General and serious crime: The firm offers advice on all aspects of criminal and related investigations and proceedings, representing clients in every level of tribunal, acting in many of the major trials involving the most serious of offences. The firm stands out for its expertise and has developed a pre-eminent specialism in the defence of historic sexual offences.

    Business crime and fraud: The firm undertakes cases involving corporate fraud, VAT irregularities, HMRC investigations, money laundering, confiscation and asset recovery, BIS (DTI) investigations, copyright/trademark investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption and mortgage fraud.  The firm provides representation for allegations of breaches of trading standards regulations and was successful in this area in defending a kitchen entrepreneur in the largest ever prosecution of its kind in the UK.

    Regulatory law: The firm is involved in the defence of all investigations, including inquests, and prosecutions for breaches of health and safety regulations and breaches brought by other regulators such as the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Security Industry authority and Gangmasters Licensing Authority. The firm has been involved in the longest running inquest in UK history which attracted worldwide publicity and has significant expertise in the area of public inquiries.

    Medical and nursing care: The growth in recent years of criminal allegations against medical and nursing staff, especially in relation to the regulation of care homes by the Care Quality Commission, has resulted in the firm regularly being instructed by both representative bodies and individuals to advise and support through criminal investigations and proceedings.

    Professional discipline: A specialist team provides a national service in representing members of professional and public service bodies including the representation of doctors, pharmacists, teachers, dentists and nurses in relation to regulatory and misconduct issues and criminal investigations and proceedings, backed up by the considerable focus and expertise of the main practice.

    Road traffic:  Clients who are alleged to have committed offences in this topical area of law are represented by a dedicated unit, drivingoffence.com, providing a specialist and effective service with an enviable reputation in the successful defence of the full spectrum of motoring offences including speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence, mobile phone use, VOSA investigations and a niche specialisation in taxi regulation.

    Clients: Clients range from government departments, public service bodies, small to medium business enterprises, national corporations, healthcare professionals, leading individuals from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment to the private individual confronted by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other prosecuting authorities.

    Managing Partner and Head of Crown Court Department Louise Strawlouisestraw@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Compliance Partner and Head of Magistrates Department Daniel Weeddanielweed@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Senior Partner and Head of Road Traffic Department Gwyn Lewisgwynlewis@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Professional discipline Charlotte Ellischarlotteellis@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Professional discipline Daniel Weeddanielweed@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Inquests and Public Enquiries Jonathan Walljonathanwall@burtoncopeland.com0161 827 9500
    Tim Andrew photo Tim AndrewConsultant, 20 years qualified, is exceptionally experienced in a wide range of…
    Karl Benson photo Karl BensonSolicitor – Karl is a duty solictor with the firm with a…
    Aidan Carr photo Aidan CarrConsultant – Aidan has particular expertise in the area of healthcare regulation,…
    Samantha Corcoran photo Samantha CorcoranSolicitor – Samantha is based in the Magistrates Court Department where she…
    Suzanne Dooley photo Suzanne DooleyA Partner in the firm, Suzanne has over 15 years experience providing…
    Charlotte Ellis photo Charlotte EllisCharlotte is a specialist regulatory lawyer representing regulated professional clients, acting for…
    Gwyn Lewis photo Gwyn LewisThe lead principal and head of Burton Copeland LLP’s specialist road traffic…
    Michael Mackey photo Michael MackeyIn a career spanning 40 years, Mike has specialied in criminal law.…
    Robert Moussalli photoMr Robert MoussalliSolicitor and Head of Youth Crime Department
    Elizabeth Ann Ridgway photo Elizabeth Ann RidgwayA Partner in the firm, Elizabeth specialises in providing advice and representation…
    Louise Straw photo Louise StrawLouise is the current Managing Partner of the firm and also heads…
    Nick Terry photo Nick TerryNick is a partner in the firm and his experience covers a…
    Peter Damian Wall photo Peter Damian WallDamian is a partner in the firm and works in the crown…
    Daniel Richard Weed photo Daniel Richard WeedEquity Partner and Compliance Officer for Legal Practice of the firm, Daniel…
    Number of UK partners : 8
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 15
    English (fluent)